The Ticino Alps of southern Switzerland, best known for the lakeside resorts of Locarno and Lugano, provide some of the finest uncrowded paths of all the alpine regions. Away from the main valleys secretive inner glens reveal 'lost' alp hamlets, crystal rivers and tarns, and long feathery cascades. Granite peaks form a dramatic backdrop to every outing. High passes lure the adventurous, belvedere trails surprise with their vast panoramas, and in the valleys there's an air of soft enchantment among the chestnut woods. Remote mountain huts offer accommodation for walkers in the high country, while valley based lodging is provided for in attractive Italian-style villages bright with flower-decked balconies. The guide describes all the valleys and villages, takes you to the finest viewpoints and suggests 75 of the best walks to be enjoyed in the Alps of Ticino.